NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. – Using a combination of personal experience and research related to mental health, William Doan - Penn State Laureate for the 2019–20 academic year, professor of theatre in the College of Arts and Architecture, and artist-in-residence in the College of Nursing – will showcase “The Anxiety Project” at Penn State New Kensington on Tuesday, March 17, at 12:15 p.m. in the _____________. The presentation is free and open to the public.
“The intersections of art, science and health are where I make creative work informed by research and scholarship,” explained Doan. “For me, it is in these spaces where important questions of aesthetics, ethics and representation lead to sustained collaborations with other artists, scientists, health care professionals and audiences.”
The project includes more than 400 drawings, four graphic medicine publications in the Annals of Internal Medicine and a live performance, which are used to explore what it is like living with anxiety and depression.
“I create drawings as receptacles for my anxiety. I get anxious that people won’t get it, so then I perform with the drawings to make sure my anxiety is properly represented,” said Doan on his website.
Doan, a past president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a Fellow in the College of Fellows of The American Theatre, has coauthored three books, written several plays and multiple scholarly articles. His current work includes a new performance as part of “The Anxiety Project” called “Frozen in the Toilet Paper Aisle of Life.”
He discussed the project in a short video:
The Penn State Laureate honor was established in 2008 and annually recognizes a University faculty member to bring recognition to the arts, humanities, faculty work and Penn State. In this role, the laureate is a highly visible representative of the University, appearing at events and speaking engagements throughout the Commonwealth.